Poor Julian Assange. The whole world now is going after him for exposing the secret world of U.S. diplomacy (which I expect is not that different from the way diplomacy is done in general), as if it were all his fault. But the white-haired Aussie would have little claim to fame were it not for the one petulant homosexual soldier who downloaded 260,000 cables of classified information before shuttling it off to Assange’s Wikileaks whistleblower site.
Pfc. Bradley Manning is still in the brig at Quantico – I’m sure the Marines will take good care of him while the military sorts out his trial. The current charges for selling out his country would put him in prison for the next 52 years – although some say “treason” merits a harsher punishment.
However, Manning’s name – and his sexual orientation – is appearing very little these days in the news. Probably because he doesn’t quite fit in the Pentagon’s patriotic-gay-lesbian-Americans-suffering-silently-under-DADT meme.
(By the way, has anybody pointed out that just opening up the military to gay and lesbian Americans unfairly discriminates and marginalizes transgenders and bisexuals who are suffering silently, etc.? When will the lawsuits come around to a soldier identifying as a woman and demanding a right to bunk in the women’s barracks?)
But hooray for Ann Coulter! She has a column on Townhall.com that absolutely devastates this meme with her typical candor and razorsharp wit. Coulter makes the case that Manning represents a threat to national security that is inevitable with a small percentage of homosexuals who “are going to be narcissistic hothouse flowers like Bradley Manning.”
“According to Bradley’s online chats, he was in ‘an awkward place’ both ‘emotionally and psychologically,’ continues Coulter. “So in a snit, he betrayed his country by orchestrating the greatest leak of classified intelligence in U.S. history.”
Here’s another excerpt: “Look at the disaster one gay created under our punishing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy. What else awaits America with the overturning of a policy that was probably put there for a reason (apart from being the only thing Bill Clinton ever did that I agreed with)?”
And Coulter mockingly asks what actually does merit a DADT investigation anymore? “Bringing a spice rack to basic training? Attending morning drills decked out as a Cher impersonator? Following Anderson Cooper on Twitter?”
Coulter nails this one on the head, and it’s worth reading here.
But the magnitude of the damage wreaked by Manning’s petulance and world-savior complex cannot be underestimated. The German daily Der Speigel reported that the raw data of classified US diplomatic information is so vast that it would fill 66 years worth of weekly Der Speigel magazines.
The most egregious thing is that Manning was so open about his homosexuality – on Facebook no less – and the US Army did … nothing. People get fired from their jobs over what they post on FB, but not Manning.
Instead, he had quite enough time as an intelligence specialist to have access to sensitive information and play freelance spy for the whole world – courtesy of Wikileaks. And with a simple download, Manning really accomplished with a few clicks and some CDR-W discs – jamming out to Lady Gaga’s hit-song ‘Telephone’ to cover up what he was doing – what the Russians couldn’t do in years with the lovely Anna Chapman and a handful of other domestic spies.
Read Ann Coulter’s “Bradley Manning: Poster Boy for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’”